Sunday, July 22, 2007
Well played fella.
The President and the Taoiseach have sent their congratulations to Irish golfer Padraig Harrington who has won the British Open Golf Championship.
He beat Spain's Sergio Garcia in a four-hole playoff at Carnoustie in Scotland to land his maiden victory in a major and the first by a European for eight years.
Harrington, 35, completed the extra holes in 15 shots (level par) after the two Ryder Cup colleagues had finished the championship locked together on seven-under 277 following an incident-packed day of high drama on the east coast of Scotland.
Garcia, who had led the championship from day one, returned a closing two-over 73 while Harrington had a four-under 67.
The Taoiseach said: 'This is an incredible personal achievement and I am delighted for him and his family as I know how close he has come to winning a Major on a number of previous occasions.
He becomes the first Irishman to win a major since Fred Daly won at Hoylake in 1947.
'I know of Padraig's dedication on the practice ground and single-minded determination to improve his golf.'
After his victory Harrington said: 'I have come a long way. When I turned pro I would have settled for becoming a journeyman.
'It's been great to be named as someone who could win a major but that brings its own pressure. To actually go and do it, well I don't know what to think.'